WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. New York, 1867.
8vo (185 x 111 mm). With portrait plate inserted facing p. 23 (see BAL). (Some minor browning, a few gatherings roughly opened.) Modern cloth. Provenance: William Kurtz (1833-1904), German-American artist, illustrator, and photographer (presentation inscription, see below).
Fourth Edition of Leaves of Grass, greatly revised and bound as issued with Drum-Taps, Sequel to Drum-Taps, and Songs before Parting (comprising BAL Issue 1, no priority).
INSCRIBED BY WHITMAN TO PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM KURTZ: "To Mr. William Kurtz from Walt Whitman. October 1868). Kurtz, who is credited with a number of portraits of Whitman, photographed him frequently, and also photographed a group of mourners at Whitman's tomb in 1892. [Tipped in:] A newspaper clipping showing a portrait of Whitman captioned: "Walt Whitman in his Prime. From a crayon portrait by Kurtz, now in the possession of The Brooklyn Eagle." A FINE ASSOCIATION.
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